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Published on January 4th, 2014 | by Adrienne Erin


How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

How to Make Your Resolutions Stick

With another year just on the horizon, many of us have started thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. You know, those plans you have each new year to lose weight/exercise regularly/quit smoking that always seem to go up in smoke by mid-January? Don’t let that happen to you again! There are many things you can do to improve your odds of success so that you can stick to those resolutions this year.

Here are some ways to make that happen and start the New Year off on the right foot.

Set Specific Goals

Don’t just say, “I want to lose weight this year.” That’s way too general. Instead, try setting numbers or deadlines, such as “I’d like to lose 15 pounds by the first day of spring.” When you have a concrete goal instead of something that’s vague, it’s easier to work towards it. You can even set mini-goals throughout the year to help you reach your desired end result. Striving to lose five pounds per month is something you’re more likely to stick with than resolving to lose 60 pounds in the coming year.

Make Yourself Accountable

Once you’ve decided on a New Year’s resolution, don’t keep it to yourself. If you do, you’re more likely to let it slide. However, if you tell a few close friends or family members who are very supportive of your goal, you’ll be more likely to keep it up. Tell people who are most likely to keep you on track and offer encouragement and help along the way. Consider joining a support group as well, such as a workout class or smoking cessation group. Being surrounded by like-minded people is a great motivator.

Make Just One Resolution

Since resolutions can be tough to stick to, just focus on one. If you overdo it, you’ll end up facing too many changes at once and will be more likely to let some or all of them slide. This way, you can devote all your energy and efforts to that one resolution that you’ve chosen. It takes time to change one behavior, so make that your priority.

Can you imagine trying to combat a dual diagnosis of overeating and smoking at the same time? It’s just too much to handle. Choose one goal this year, knowing that if you work towards and reach that goal, next year you’ll have the time to devote to the other.

Accept Your Shortcomings

There will be times when you slip up and eat a brownie or skip a workout session. Accept that this will happen occasionally, but don’t let it derail you completely. After all, you’re only human and slip-ups are natural. Perfection is unattainable! Accept what happened and keep moving forward. Make sure to get to the gym the next day so you don’t slip back into old habits.

Picture Your End Result

If you reach a point when you’re finding it hard to stay on target, visualize all the good things that your resolution will bring. If your resolution is to lose a certain amount of weight, post a picture of you at your desired weight on your fridge. Believe it or not, there are apps that can do this! If your resolution is to quit smoking, list the health benefits of quitting in a prominent location. Having your goals and their benefits displayed in black and white will help keep you on target during those dark days of February when you just want to hide under the covers.

Making New Year’s resolutions is easy to do; sticking to them is much harder. If you follow this advice, you’ll be more likely to reach your goals and be successful in the coming year.

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